FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Authorities have lifted the lockdown at Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale after a report of an armed student was determined to be unfounded.
Fort Lauderdale Police officers responded to the school in the area of Southwest Ninth Street and Riverside Drive just before 9 a.m., Monday.
Officials said a student claimed another student had a gun on campus, and the school was placed on a code red lockdown as a result.
“Everybody was talking about how we had SWAT team, and how there were helicopters and how somebody had a gun,” said Kevia Lazo, a student at the school. “We didn’t really know what was going on. When they called the code red, you could hear that the principal sounded in distress, and she wanted to cry or whatever.”
The student who was accused of being armed was located without any weapons.
“I think they heard about the gun, and they was like, ‘Nah, not here. It’s time for me to leave,'” a student said.
Some parents still decided to end the school day early for their kids.
“It’s really sad,” said parent Barbara Lazo. “You should not have to be at a high school at 10:51 in the morning because of something like this. You shouldn’t.”
There was a feeling of unease among parents.
“My other daughter’s school was on the news like two weeks ago for a bomb threat, so it’s like I don’t want to send them to school,” a parent said. “I don’t feel like they’re safe anymore.”
“Once you finally get here and you get your child and you hear what happened, even though you’re calm, you still have that uneasiness, that unrest.” Barbara added.
The lockdown was lifted at around 10:30 a.m. after officers found no existing threat to the school.
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